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Interview: Mark Moraghan For The ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Touring Musical

Mark Moraghan, the former star of Holby City, Emmerdale, Dream Team and more tells us about taking the musical stage adaptation road movie Little Miss Sunshine out on the road.

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What is Little Miss Sunshine about?

Olive is Little Miss Sunshine. She’s a young girl with a dysfunctional family, who wins a place in a beauty pageant in California. All the family decide to go together in their grandpa’s old Vw minibus. It’s about their adventures on the way.

What made you want to be part of the production?

Well, I thought the film was fantastic. I’m a big fan of Alan Arkin [who played Grandpa in the movie], so to follow in his footsteps, albeit on stage, is an honour. It’s one of those jobs you just really want to be involved in.

What excites you about playing Grandpa?

I like him because he’s a naughty boy.
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Emmy spotlight: Much that is marvelous about ‘Mrs. Maisel’ is inherited from her papa, Tony Shalhoub

On the second season of Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” the title character’s father, Abe Weissman, undergoes a transformation both personally and professionally, much like his stand-up comic daughter as she seeks what was once a secret career in showbiz.

As played by Tony Shalhoub, there is more than a bit of the obsessive-compulsive behavior left over from his super-smart detective character on ABC’s “Monk” as Abe similarly clings to a series of rituals as if they were a life preserver in a metaphysical sea of constant change. Given that the actor earned an Emmy nomination as a lead in a comedy series for each of the show’s eight seasons – winning three times – “Monk” fans can’t help but expect similar behavior from Shalhoub, even on a different series. Yes, it’s a jungle out there now that his only daughter is split from her husband.
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Debra Messing Heading To Broadway In ‘Birthday Candles’ New York Premiere

Debra Messing Heading To Broadway In ‘Birthday Candles’ New York Premiere
Debra Messing will return to Broadway next year in a spring production of playwright Noah Haidle’s Birthday Candles. The Roundabout Theatre Company production will mark the New York premiere of the play.

Directed by Vivienne Benesch, Birthday Candles will begin previews April 2, with an opening on April 21 at the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. The limited engagement will run through June 21, 2020.

The Will and Grace and Smash star previously appeared on Broadway in John Patrick Shanley’s play Outside Mullingar opposite Brían F. O’Byrne in 2014.

In the new production, Messing will play Ernestine Ashworth, described by producers as, at first, a young woman who spends her 17th birthday agonizing over her insignificance in the universe. “Soon enough, it’s her 18th birthday. Even sooner, her 41st. Her 70th. Her 101st. Five generations, dozens of goldfish, an infinity of dreams, one cake baked over a century. What
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Emmy spotlight: How will the golden bros of ‘The Kominsky Method’ fare trophy-wise? Look to ‘The Odd Couple’

It is going to be an uphill battle for Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method” to gain an Emmy foothold in the comedy category when the title match is expected to boil down to the second season of Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” vs. the seventh and final season of HBO’s “Veep.”

But that doesn’t mean the show’s venerated male stars, Michael Douglas as thrice-divorced acting coach Sandy Kominsky and Alan Arkin as widower Norman Newlander as his agent, couldn’t both come away with a trophy. If you need a comparison from the past, you can’t do better than the original sitcom version of “The Odd Couple,” the comedy series about two divorced men living together. It was based on Neil Simon’s 1965 play as well as the 1968 hit film starring Jack Lemmon as persnickety Felix Unger and Walter Matthau as super slob Oscar Madison.
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Emmy spotlight: ‘The Kominsky Method’ could bring Chuck Lorre his first-ever victory after 8 nominations

Emmy spotlight: ‘The Kominsky Method’ could bring Chuck Lorre his first-ever victory after 8 nominations
As he accepted his Golden Globe for Best Comedy/Musical Series earlier this year, “The Kominsky Method” creator Chuck Lorre remarked, “This doesn’t happen to me.” And he’s right. Despite producing such mega-hit sitcoms as “The Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men” and “Mom,” Lorre had never received a major Hollywood award until his latest Netflix comedy came around. Now that he’s been recognized by Globe voters, it’s time for him to be similarly honored by the Emmys.

See Alan Arkin would complete his Triple Crown with an Emmy win for ‘The Kominsky Method

Lorre has competed at the Emmys eight times unsuccessfully: seven in Best Comedy Series and one in Best Music and Lyrics (“Two and a Half Men” in 2004). His shows have won plenty of awards, especially in the acting categories, with Jim Parsons (“Big Bang Theory”), Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men
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Emmy spotlight:  There’s an ongoing ‘Method’ to Chuck Lorre’s comic male madness with Netflix’s ‘Kominsky’

Emmy spotlight:  There’s an ongoing ‘Method’ to Chuck Lorre’s comic male madness with Netflix’s ‘Kominsky’
There were two reasons I was moved to turn on “The Kominsky Method,” about an acting teacher and his longtime agent, for the first time. Namely, Oscar owners Michael Douglas, 74, and Alan Arkin, 85. Their marvelous edgy rapport and mastery of their art kept me bingeing as their characters yearn for the old days while fighting the ravages of aging. It was similar to what happened when Jane Fonda, 81, and Lily Tomlin, 79, had me devouring “Grace & Frankie.” The fact that legendary stars of this caliber are streaming through the universe and onto screens of all shapes and sizes seems to be a small miracle. Don’t think that the makers of HBO’s “Big Little Lies” didn’t know they had to top the first season’s killer combo of Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon by reeling in the starriest catch of them all for its second season, Meryl Streep,
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‘The Kominsky Method’ Emmy Fysee event: Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin and Chuck Lorre reflect the ‘aches and pains’ of aging [Listen]

There were equal parts laughter and tears at a recent panel discussion for Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method,” moderated by Deadline’s Pete Hammond. The event, which took place at the streamer’s Fysee space at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, included creator Chuck Lorre, executive producer Alan J. Higgins and stars Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Sarah Baker, Lisa Edelstein and Susan Sullivan. Listen to the full 38-minute Q&a above.

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The Kominsky Method” stars Douglas as Sandy Kominsky, an acting coach who had a brief brush with fame before turning to teaching. Arkin co-stars as his longtime manager, Norman Newlander, who’s reeling from the death of his wife, Eileen (Sullivan). Together, the two men cope with aging, relationships, and family, including Baker and Edelstein as their respective daughters, Mindy Kominsky and Phoebe Newlander.

The single-camera comedy is a change of pace for Lorre,
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Michael Douglas Comes Full Circle With Monte Carlo Award

“It’s a nice full circle,” says Michael Douglas, speaking exclusively to Variety ahead of the Monte Carlo Television Festival, reflecting on a career that began in TV, blossomed in film, but has seen him return to the small screen in Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method.”

Douglas is this year’s recipient of Monte Carlo’s Crystal Nymph, awarded by Prince Albert II of Monaco to a major international television actor to recognize a stellar body of work.

For Douglas to accept an award from a TV festival is, on the surface, pretty remarkable. He fought hard early on to escape being pigeon-holed as a television actor.

While starring in the popular 1970s television series “The Streets of San Francisco,” he started his move into film, which was not an easy feat back then, producing 1975’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” best picture Oscar winner.

“It was extremely
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Walk of Fame Honoree Alan Arkin Talks Journey From Second City to ‘Kominsky Method’

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Walk of Fame Honoree Alan Arkin Talks Journey From Second City to ‘Kominsky Method’
Alan Arkin turned 85 earlier this year, yet he has always seemed timeless. With a career spanning more than 60 years, it’s difficult to fathom when there was ever a time when Arkin wasn’t part of the culture. He was an early member of the Second City theater troupe before making his Oscar-nominated film debut in the timely “The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!” in 1966. He gave iconic performances in seminal movies; he terrified Audrey Hepburn (and audiences) in “Wait Until Dark”; starred in Mike Nichols’ take on Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22”; starred and produced the comedy classic “The In-Laws”; and lent his voice to the 1982 cult classic “The Last Unicorn.” And that was all before his Oscar-winning turn in “Little Miss Sunshine,” which kicked off a renaissance of sorts for the actor, who earned another nomination for best picture winner “Argo” and now stars on the heralded
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Why Chuck Lorre Wrote About Getting Older With ‘The Kominsky Method': ‘Some of It Is Funny’

Why Chuck Lorre Wrote About Getting Older With ‘The Kominsky Method': ‘Some of It Is Funny’
The cover story on Chuck Lorre first appeared in the Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method” has given older viewers something they don’t see too much: a show that’s catered to them. The series is aimed at a demographic that has largely been forgotten by network television.

The Kominsky Method” stars Michael Douglas as an aging acting coach and Alan Arkin as his best friend and agent.

The show, which won a pair of Golden Globes in January, including Best Comedy Series, even prompted creator Chuck Lorre to make the move to single-camera and to streaming. Lorre is known primarily for his multicamera sitcoms like “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory.” “What got me interested was writing about getting older and all that that entails,” Lorre said.

Also Read: Why Chuck Lorre Is So Relaxed About '
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‘Barry,’ ‘Good Place,’ ‘Kominsky Method’: How Death Became TV’s Laughing Matter (Column)

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‘Barry,’ ‘Good Place,’ ‘Kominsky Method’: How Death Became TV’s Laughing Matter (Column)
There’s a common thread that ties together most of this year’s comedy actor contenders, and it’s pretty morbid. For a category that’s supposed to be all about chuckles, there sure is a lot of death.

On “Barry,” Bill Hader plays a hit man — and although he’s struggling to move past his murderous profession, he’s still haunted by the people he’s had to off. Michael Douglas’ character in “The Kominsky Method” has to comfort his best friend (Alan Arkin) after the loss of his wife (Susan Sullivan), and the specter of everyone’s advancing mortality is an ongoing theme. Ted Danson is a spirit in the afterlife who helps a group of deceased misfit humans try to get into “The Good Place.” Don Cheadle’s “Black Monday” starts and ends with a gruesome death on the day of the 1987 stock market crash. “Forever” follows
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2019 TV Scorecard: Which Shows Have Been Renewed or Canceled Already?

With each passing week our favorite shows are wrapping up, but we're also getting news about renewals and cancellations for next season. While shows like Showtime's Shameless will be back for another round, others like Netflix's One Day at a Time have gotten the ax. Luckily The CW announced a Ton of renewals for their hit series, including Riverdale and The Flash, and Hulu has also renewed a bunch of their new comedies. See what else has been renewed or canceled so far in 2019, ahead.

Related: Say Your Goodbyes! These 37 Shows Are Ending Forever in 2019 What's Been Renewed Hulu Light as a Feather: Unlike many of the characters in this AwesomenessTV thriller starring Liana Liberato, the show will live to see a second season. Runaways: The Marvel series has been renewed for a third season. Shrill: Aidy Bryant's brilliant comedy will see a second season of awkward run-ins,
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2019 TV Scorecard: Which Shows Have Been Renewed or Canceled Already?

With each passing week our favorite shows are wrapping up, but we're also getting news about renewals and cancellations for next season. While shows like Showtime's Shameless will be back for another round, others like Netflix's One Day at a Time have gotten the ax. Luckily The CW announced a Ton of renewals for their hit series, including Riverdale and The Flash, and Hulu has also renewed a bunch of their new comedies. See what else has been renewed or canceled so far in 2019, ahead.

Related: Say Your Goodbyes! These 37 Shows Are Ending Forever in 2019 What's Been Renewed Hulu Light as a Feather: Unlike many of the characters in this AwesomenessTV thriller starring Liana Liberato, the show will live to see a second season. Runaways: The Marvel series has been renewed for a third season. Shrill: Aidy Bryant's brilliant comedy will see a second season of awkward run-ins,
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A Hale Mary: Tony Hale improves in our Emmy odds after that devastating ‘Veep’ series finale

A Hale Mary: Tony Hale improves in our Emmy odds after that devastating ‘Veep’ series finale
Tony Hale has been sitting in second place behind Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”) in our Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy odds, but he’s making moves for the top spot on the heels of the “Veep” series finale.

Hale now has seven Experts backing him for the win, compared to five for Arkin. However, Arkin, who’s chasing a Triple Crown with an Emmy win, is still the odds-on favorite, due to being the No. 1 pick of six Editors (to zero for Hale) and 13 of our Top 24 Users (to seven for Hale). Arkin has 4/1 odds to 9/2 for Hale.

A two-time champ, Hale could easily nab his third Emmy for playing Gary on “Veep” and is a pretty much a lock to return to the field after “Veep” sat out last year’s Emmys. He didn’t have a ton to do in the final season, but that series finale was a doozy.
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Tony Hale could be the 6th 3-time Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy champ

Tony Hale could be the 6th 3-time Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy champ
Tony Hale is one of three people to have won two Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy Awards this decade, the others being “Modern Family” stars Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell. If he wins again for the seventh and final season of “Veep,” he’d join an elite group of three-time champs in the category.

Only five people have won exactly three comedy supporting actor Emmys: Art Carney, Ed Asner, Michael Richards, Brad Garrett and Jeremy Piven.

Three is not the record number of wins in the category though. Don Knotts triumphed five times for “The Andy Griffith Show,” while David Hyde Pierce (“Frasier”) and John Larroquette (“Night Court”) have four victories each.

See Emmys exclusive: HBO categories for ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep,’ ‘Sharp Objects’ and more

Currently seeking his sixth bid as Selina’s bag man Gary, Hale converted his first nomination into a win in 2013; he scored his second statuette in 2015. He,
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Michael Douglas To Be Handed Crystal Nymph Award At Monte-Carlo Television Festival

Michael Douglas, who recently starred in Netflix’s The Kominsky Method, is to be honored with the Crystal Nymph award at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.

Douglas will be handed the award at the 59th edition of the event at the Festival’s Closing Ceremony on 18 June 2019. He will be given the awarded by H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Recognized for his “stellar” body of work, Douglas most recently finished filming a second season alongside Alan Arkin in Chuck Lorre’s The Kominsky Method. He began his career with a role in CBS’ 1969 Playhouse special The Experiment followed by The Streets of San Francisco from 1972 to 1976. As an actor and producer, he has won two Academy Awards for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1976 and Wall Street in 1988. He also won an Emmy, Golden Globe and a SAG award for HBO film Behind the Candelabra.

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‘Catch-22’ Trailer: World War II Is Inescapable in Star-Studded Hulu Adaptation

Hulu has had plenty of literary adaptations added to its catalogue of original programming over the years. “The Handmaid’s Tale” brought it acclaim on its biggest scale yet, but no project has taken on something quite like “Catch-22.”

The trailer for the series below shows Christopher Abbott as the novel’s classic protagonist Yossarian, who tries to do everything he can to avoid being stuck in the crosshairs of World War II. One of the forces keeping him on the battlefield is Lieutenant Scheisskopf, played here by the majestically mustachioed George Clooney.

The six-part series features a plentiful ensemble, also headlined by Hugh Laurie and Kyle Chandler. A co-production with Italy’s Sky Italia, this version of “Catch-22” was co-written by “Lion” scribe Luke Davies and “Animal Kingdom” director David Michôd. Adapting the story’s action on the ground, in rousing speeches from Chandler’s Colonel Cathcart, and in the air,
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Beth Morgan (‘Glow’) on costume designs for ‘an elaborate show that’s so fun’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

“We custom-make everything that goes in the ring,” Beth Morgan tells Gold Derby in an exclusive interview about designing the wrestling costumes on “Glow” (watch the video above), for which she has received back-to-back nominations from the Costume Designers Guild Awards. She explains about working on the 1985-set dramedy for Netflix, “It’s not every day as a costume designer that you get the possibility to work on such an elaborate show that’s so fun and has so many different body types and so many different things that have to happen in the ring as far as stunts and mobility for all the girls.”

SEEhow “Glow” fared at the recent industry guild awards.

Morgan has submitted the second season finale for Best Period Costumes consideration at the Emmys this year, herself having been nominated in the defunct Best Series Costumes category for the debut season of “Deadwood” in 2004. She explains about her “Glow” submission,
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Mark Wahlberg cast in long-awaited ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ movie; Travis Knight to direct

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The man behind one of the most enjoyable ‘Transformers’ movies ‘Bumblebee’, Travis Knight has been set to take the helm on the long in development movie adaptation of the ‘Six Billion Dollar Man’.

Mark Wahlberg has also been cast in the project as Col. Steve Austin, a downed pilot who is saved by an operation that makes him part machine.

The movie had been in development at The Weinstein Company until Warner Bros. took it over. Lost co-writer Damian Szifron had been linked as a director at the time but he soon moved on. Mel Gibson had also been interested in the director’s chair at one point too.

Also in news – Programme announced for Sundance Film Festival: London 2019

The TV series ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ ran for 5 seasons between 1974 and 1978, the former astronaut, Colonel Steve Austin was portrayed by American actor Lee Majors. Austin has superhuman strength due
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Bill Hader is the most likely non-‘Game of Thrones’ Emmy champ to repeat, fans predict

Bill Hader is the most likely non-‘Game of Thrones’ Emmy champ to repeat, fans predict
Besides “Game of Thrones” in Best Drama Series and Best Drama Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage, five other major Emmy categories could have repeat champs — all on the comedy side, spread between two shows: Best Comedy Series (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Best Comedy Actress, Best Comedy Supporting Actress, Best Comedy Actor and Best Comedy Supporting Actor. Of these five defending champs, Hader is the one most likely to pick up a second straight statuette, according to 42 percent of our readers.

With 18/5 odds, Hader is the frontrunner to win Best Comedy Actor again, slightly ahead of “The Kominsky Method” star Michael Douglas. The two split the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Awards in January, with Douglas taking the former and Hader, the latter. Neither emerged victorious at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) prevailed in the single comedy actor race.

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